Other Filament Types

  • Manfred Schliwa
Part of the Cell Biology Monographs book series (CELLBIOL, volume 13)


Microfilaments, microtubules, and intermediate filaments clearly are the major fibrous cytoplasmic components of eukaryotic cells, but the question remains whether any other filamentous structures have eluded identification. Such components could either be relatively minor constituents, or they might be ephemeral structures difficult to preserve and isolate. For example, the elaborate architecture of the microtrabecular lattice (see section VIII.) which is far more complex than the sum of the networks formed from the three major cytoskeletal filaments, has prompted the speculation that it contains and conceals additional cytoskeletal filaments. Is this speculation justified, and what is the evidence for the existence of other fibrous components with a cytoskeletal or motile function?


Filament System Thin Filament Filament Type Cytoskeletal Filament Heavy Meromyosin 
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© Springer-Verlag/Wien 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Manfred Schliwa
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  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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